St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world and Ontario is no exception. Many activities are planned in Brant County to celebrate Irish National Day. Most pubs also expect to welcome more customers than usual.
Seamus O’Brien of the MRG Group is the manager of a new Irish pub in downtown Dublin called Dublin Calling. “St. Patrick’s Day is a Saturday this year, and we expect a busy day,” he says.
Everyone wants to be Irish today!
Seamus O’Brien, MRG Group
Seamus O’Brien adds that he had to order a lot more Guinness beer for the occasion.
The contribution of the Irish
An organization is working to erect a monument in Vancouver to recognize the contribution of the Irish to Canada. Brendan Flynn, the Director General of the Ireland Canada Monument Society, says that several important personalities in British Columbia are from Ireland.
“For example, George Massey was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He has spent a good part of his life in Ladner, and he is the man behind the initiative to build a road link between Richmond and Delta, “says Flynn.
In 1967, the province renamed the Deas Island Tunnel to honor George Massey.
The Ontario Parks Commission has already approved the construction of the monument in George Wainborn Park, Yaletown.
Brendan Flynn is now trying to raise the money needed to start construction. He is working with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the federal and provincial governments to secure funding.
According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 620,000 Ontarians living in Ontario.